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Sister Jean gets her Final Four ring


CHICAGO -- Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt now has a little bling to go along with the international attention she gained as the near-centenarian team chaplain during Loyola-Chicago’s run to the NCAA Final Four.

Loyola great Jerry Harkness, who was a member of the school’s 1963 championship team, helped present a Final Four ring Tuesday night to Schmidt before the Ramblers’ rematch of their NCAA tournament game against Nevada.

Schmidt, who turned 99 in August, sat courtside in a wheelchair for the presentation. She joked afterward that she felt as if the ring added five pounds to her weight.

The Catholic nun became a celebrity last March for her fandom and for praying before each game for her Ramblers -- and for their opponents.